To be honest, Chinese food is a tough one for me to replicate.
Or, should I say replicate well.
I feel like it's always better from a restaurant, so I usually steer clear of it altogether.
But a couple weeks ago, we had a break in the heat and I guess was feeling bold - so I decided to try my hand at making this chicken.
And oh my goodness.
The coating. The frying. The baking.
Sweet mother of chicken madness.
This dish seriously took me half the evening to make.
At the time, Mr. Vittles was helping my brother-in-law Nick Vittles change the tires on his truck (among other things that I can't even name). They started tinkering about the same time I started cooking, so I figured they'd be ready to eat when dinner was done.
When the chicken came out of the oven, it looked good - but given my track record, I didn't know what to expect.
I popped a hot, sticky niblet in my mouth and ... it was amazing.
Barely able to contain my excitement, I set out the pan, along with some jasmine rice and sauteed snow peas with sesame, and leaned out the window. "Dinner's ready!" I called.
Then, "We're not ready yet. Be there in a bit."
And... I went from flying high to crashing in a fiery wreck. After all that work, I sat down to eat this ALONE.
Well not entirely alone, if you count the Real Housewives of New York...
"Bethenny, could you pass the snow peas? Kelly, would you care for a Xanax with your chicken?"
It was downright depressing.
But, as promised, the guys came in about half an hour later - and even cold, said it tasted pretty incredible.
So if you want to try this recipe, learn from my mistakes.
Wait for an evening not only when you have lots of time, but also when your dinner partners are ready to chow down at a moment's notice :)
Sweet & Sour Chicken
- 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- Salt and pepper
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/4 cup canola oil
Cut boneless chicken breasts into chunks. Season with salt and pepper. Dip chicken in cornstarch and then in egg. Fry in a little oil until brown but not cooked through. Place in a single layer in a baking dish. Mix sauce ingredients (below) together and pour over chicken.
- ¾ cup sugar
- 4 tablespoons ketchup
- ½ cup vinegar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
Recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe